Reminder – Free Vendor Booth at Acorn Festival

A free vendor booth at the Acorn Festival is a member benefit.  Anyone who has an active Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce membership can register for a vendor booth at the Acorn Festival free of charge.  Having a vendor booth at the festival allows you to increase your business exposure on that day by having information, coupons, promotional items, or merchandise right where the crowd is.  Give them a taste of the best you have to offer and then tell them where they can get that all year long!  Although no vendor fee is required you do still need to register here.

Welcome new member, Home2Office Pressure Washing!

Please welcome new member, Home2Office Pressure Washing!

Home2Office Pressure Washing provides pressure washing services to commercial and residential properties including driveways, decks, vinyl siding, brick, concrete, and wood.  To learn  more about their services or to schedule a service please call them at (919) 795-1725 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Home2OfficePressureWashing/.

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce! We look forward to working together to support the Four Oaks community and our local businesses and organizations!

Mrs. Emily Crews of SJHS recognized as Teachers Lead Four Oaks recipient.

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce and HomeTowne Realty are celebrating Mrs. Emily Crews as May’s Teachers Lead Four Oaks, Teacher of the Month recipient.

South Johnston High School leadership shared as part of the nomination process, “Mrs. Crews motivates and inspires her students by believing in them.  She allows them to share the vision of what art looks like to them by listening and letting them create their art.”  Mrs. Crews has implemented a SJHS art night which is held monthly at the school.  The SJHS community is invited to participate in this monthly event.  For more information please contact Mrs. Emily Crews at 919-894-3146.

Mrs. Crews was presented with a certificate of recognition as well as a bag of gifts from many of the Chamber member businesses including HomeTowne Realty, The Vine and Branch, Superior Ladies, AQ Drafting Services, McDonald’s of Four Oaks, Four Oaks Interiors, Johnston Health, Scentsy representative Theron Kammerer, Keene and Associates Insurance Agency, and House-Autry Mills.

 

May Business of the Month – Anita Stephenson, CPA

 

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Anita Stephenson, CPA as May’s Business of the Month. Anita Stephenson, CPA was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of her business growth.  The firm has been in Four Oaks since 2004 and continues to experience growth by continually adding new tax and accounting clients.  “We specialize in helping small business clients.  With the new tax law changes and the complexity of tax filings & reporting it is more important than ever to have expert advice to navigate through the requirements and utilize the tax laws to the fullest extent to maximize tax savings. We are blessed to have many client referrals as a result of our excellent service”, shares Ms. Stephenson, Owner.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks business community by Anita Stephenson, CPA.

Free Education Opportunity – Social Media Marketing

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Johnston Community College to bring business education to Four Oaks.  This workshop is free to anyone, however registration is required.

This seminar will provide participants with basic knowledge about a variety of social media tools and how to use them most effectively. Discussion includes tools like free local directories like Yelp, Google Local, Trip Advisor and location sharing sites like Foursquare; social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+; and mobile marketing.

Class time will include how to set up accounts for these online tools. It will also include on the ground (in person) referral marketing techniques that drive real revenue to your business.

This is a free education opportunity presented by the JCC Small Business Center and Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce. Please bring your charged laptop or tablet. Pre-registration required. Attendees must be 18 or older. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please contact us to receive further details regarding registration.

Upcoming Networking Event – All invited

Our next networking event will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 8am at South Johnston High School.  We will be talking about the importance of developing our future work force.  There will be light refreshments and a giveaway.  Everyone is welcome!

 

Large Crowds Gather for Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Keene and Associates Insurance Agency, hosted a Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet in Downtown Four Oaks on April 21st.  An estimated 2000 people attended to view and participate in the car show, shop the swap meet, and stroll Downtown Four Oaks.  Eighty vehicles entered for judging, representing 16 local and regional car clubs, and many trophies and cash prizes were awarded.

Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Director, shares, “This was an exciting day for Four Oaks.  The weather was perfect and everyone enjoys seeing the antique cars back on Main Street.  We are already getting requests to have this event again next year.  The large crowds mean a great day for our community and a great day for our local economy.  We thank everyone who came and visited our local businesses and restaurants and we look forward to hosting you again in Four Oaks soon!”

In addition to the support of Keene and Associates Insurance Agency, the Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet was also made possible through the support of The Town of Four Oaks, United Community Bank, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Anita Stephenson CPA, House-Autry Mills, HomeTowne Realty, Country Superstars 102.3, Carolina Packers, and all of our local car clubs.

 

Cleo’s Closet and More Decor Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

 

Cleo’s Closet and More Décor hosted a Grand Re-opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate their newly designed space, including a new vendor area.  The Four Oaks business community gathered to enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and networking while touring the new space.

Cleo’s Closet and More Décor owners, Barbara George and Paulette Bradley, have welcomed new vendors to the store including MeMa’s Attic, The West Nest, Ladybugs, Nothin’ Fancy, Joyce’s Place, Finders Keepers, and Diane’s Design.  These vendors bring everything from repurposed furniture and floral arrangements to boutique children’s clothing.  The addition of the vendors brings a wider and ever-changing variety to Cleo’s Closet and More Décor.   This event was also used to launch ticket sales for their upcoming Spring Fling fashion show in which proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics.

To shop Cleo’s Closet or to learn more about the Spring Fling event visit them at 202 N Main Street in Four Oaks, or visit their Facebook page.  Business hours are 11am-5:30pm, Monday through Saturday.

McDonald’s of Four Oaks – April Business of the Month

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating McDonald’s of Four Oaks as April’s Business of the Month. McDonald’s of Four Oaks was nominated for Business of the Month in honor of Mrs. Doris Huebner’s election to the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Board of Directors and in recognition of their contributions to the Town of Four Oaks.

Huebner Family McDonald’s is an independent franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants owned and operated by Fred, Doris and John Huebner. The company was founded in 1986 by Fred and Doris Huebner with the opening of their first McDonald’s in Wake County. The Four Oaks location opened in July of 2011 and currently has over 70 employees. John Huebner is the proud owner/operator of the Four Oaks location. Huebner Family McDonald’s supports many community based programs in Four Oaks. The local schools annually host School Nights at McDonald’s which provides the schools with the opportunity to receive 20% of sales during that three hour period. All of the Johnston County Educators and support staff receive a beverage card each academic year that allows them to receive a free beverage each visit during the school year and the Huebner’s have sponsored with the Four Oaks Parks and Recreation since their opening.

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks business community by McDonald’s of Four Oaks.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one member business each month.  Nominations can be made at the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce website, www.fouroakschamber.com.

Pictured from left to right – Mike Pritchett, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Tim Barbour, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board President, John Huebner, McDonald’s Owner, Doris Huebner, McDonald’s Owner, June Raynor, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Secretary, Jackie Parrish, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Glenn Lee, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Teachers Lead Four Oaks recipient, Ms. Candace Parker of South Johnston High School

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce and HomeTowne Realty are celebrating Ms. Candace Parker of South Johnston High School as April’s Teachers Lead Four Oaks, Teacher of the Month recipient.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce and HomeTowne Realty have partnered to present Teachers Lead Four Oaks, a monthly recognition for Four Oaks teachers.  Four Oaks teachers are a vital part of developing and leading our future workforce and future community leaders. The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who motivate and inspire their students through their teaching practices and their commitment to the community.

Ms. Candace Parker has worked to create a veterinarian tech program where her students assist in local veterinarian offices.  She has also created a pet salon at SJHS and is the leader of their FFA Chapter.

South Johnston High School Principal, Mr. David Pearce, and Assistant Principal, Ms. Cecelia Banks shared as part of the nomination process, “Ms. Parker motivates and inspires her students through her openness and approachability.  She maintains positive relationships with her students and fosters a desire for her students to learn.  Ms. Parker is deserving of this nomination due to her passion for teaching and her desire to see her students learn and succeed in all their endeavors.

Ms. Parker was presented with a certificate of recognition as well as a bag of gifts from many of the Chamber member businesses including HomeTowne Realty, The Vine and Branch, Superior Ladies, AQ Drafting Services, McDonalds of Four Oaks, Four Oaks Interiors, Johnston Health, Scentsy representative Theron Kammerer, Carly Fogleman Photography, Terri Sessoms, June Raynor, and House-Autry Mills.

Missy Medlin, local Four Oaks HomeTowne Realty agent and sponsor of the Teachers Lead Four Oaks Program states, “I am passionate about supporting teachers because I used to teach.  HomeTowne Realty understands the importance of reaching out and supporting our local teachers.  We want to give back through our own discounts to teachers and through this recognition program.”

The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks community by our teachers.  The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one local teacher each month through the Teachers Lead Four Oaks program.

Pictured from left to right – Cecelia Banks, SJHS Assistant Principal, Missy Medlin, HomeTowne Realty, Tim Barbour, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce President, Candace Parker, Teachers Lead Four Oaks recipient, David Pearce, SJHS Principal, Ron James, SJHS Assistant Principal, William Weaver, SJHS Assistant Principal.